Thursday, June 17, 2010

A Giant Squid Invades Silver Lake This Weekend

Silver Lake-based Materials & Applications (M&A) this weekend unveils its latest outdoor art installation, "Squid Capsule."

The outdoor exhibit is free to view -- and more importantly, free to touch.

M&A has partnered with Emily White and Lisa Little of Layer, a Los Angeles-based design partnership, to install "Squid Capsule." The exhibit is transforming M&A's outdoor courtyard "into a cloud chamber that isolates and amplifies subtle changes in Los Angeles' placid, if somewhat monotonous, summer climate."

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The capsule is composed of forty transparent vinyl membranes dangling from the sky by steel aircraft cables and grazing the courtyard floor. A cloud of fog envelops areas of the plump tentacles, creating small weather systems within the installation that convey the visitor from drier into wetter zones. Visitors are invited to speculate on the physical and visual representation of air. Water appears in its myriad states - atomized as fog, vapor and mist, and in its liquid permutations as condensation or dew. The piece floats over a cluster of micro-inflatables upon which visitors can lounge as they observe the air.

"Squid Capsule" is open daily from June 19th through September. Admission is free. Opening celebration takes place on Saturday, June 19 from noon to 4 p.m.

1619 Silver Lake Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90026

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